(My Rating: 4/5)
After reading the fourth book in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, I believe that every time one wants to take a break from one’s hectic life, but cannot physically ‘get away’, reading a book from this series is just the prescription required!
McCall’s writing, as I’ve mentioned in my review of the first three books of the series, is soothing, gently drawing you into a wonderful world of mystery, humour, good people and life’s simple pleasures.
In the fourth book, Mma Ramotswe has to contend with the opening of a competing detective agency, while she utilises her detection skills to help her latest client – a man who has had a revelation after being attacked by ostrich wranglers and wants to atone for the wrong he committed in his youth.
While the third book gave us our first proper insight into Mma Makutsi’s life, this book builds on that and exposes us to two more sides of her character – her burgeoning business acumen and her foray into the world of romance.
McCall Smith creates a world where people forgive people for their wrongdoings, where good deeds can change a person’s errant ways and where unselfish acts and are not uncommon. Each book so far has left me feeling calm and content and I am happy there are so many more to go!